Maintenance & Supervision
Although you are indeed covered by FLP’s standard guarantees, please note that as the owner of the equipment you are responsible for maintaining the equipment/surfacing and surroundings. This will ensure the longevity of the safety of the play area. FLP would like to make sure that your play area remains safe to use and problem free for many years to come but we do need your assistance too.
Please Note: FLP will not be responsible for any injury, damages or losses due to the following instructions not being adhered to. Improper maintenance of the equipment could possibly lead to serious injury to members of the public. Maintenance work should only be carried out by a competent person
DO NOT RELY ON IT – CHECK IT!!
Please ensure you check the internal and external structures of all units, we also advise that owners check the surfacing around the equipment too. Inspections and residual maintenance should be arranged at regular intervals of 1-4 weeks dependent on the amount of traffic/use the equipment receives.
Your weekly inspections should include;
– Visual Checks
– Tactile Tests
– Checks for general wear and tear
Please remember, FLP have furnished you with equipment which is fully compliant with the European Standards of Play Equipment (EN1176) and or Surfacing (EN1177). To ensure the compliance remains, the equipment may need additional maintenance/repairs over the years. These checks are to notice any possible developmental problems.
Once a year you should conduct a more robust thorough inspection of your equipment. Please keep a log of all the checks you make – this log should be kept with all other documents relevant to your playground equipment.
Urgent Repairs Contingency
FLP has arrangements in place to ensure that you are able to protect the public’s Health & Safety. We will do our utmost to make safe or carryout any repairs on equipment which becomes damaged within 48 hours. If we are unable to attend to help you in a timely fashion we will request that you make the area safe by cordoning the area off – ensuring that the public are not affected by the malfunction in any way. The area should be completely segregated from use i.e. with temporary fencing or tape. We do not advise that signage is used alone. This is not a good enough deterrent and will not stop the public from using the broken equipment. We will then attend the site for you as soon as we possibly can.
Never disassemble an FLP unit without first seeking guidance from us. We hold all the relevant drawings of the units and offer a very good after Sales Service. Please contact 01354 638 359 for further guidance.
Specific Maintenance Procedures
When disassembling any components for maintenance the process will generally follow the reverse order of assembly. Installation plans (available from FLP upon request) should be referred to at all times as these plans will contain drawings, parts lists and assembly procedures.
Before replacing any damaged components please ensure all steps have been taken to restrict access to the damaged area of the play or fitness structure sometimes it will necessary to secure the whole unit off until the repairs have been carried out.
FLP are predominantly manufacturers of timber playground equipment. We care about our timber and we would like you to do so too. Please check all timber components during your inspections for visible and physical signs of decay or rot and infestation. Signs of decay maybe indicated by posts not stable in the ground. Other general signs that the timber has deteriorated are discoloration include flaking of the outer skin of the timber.
Timber is a natural component and will breathe. It will stretch and withdraw with the changes in temperature as our seasons change and there is nothing we can do about this. However, if a crack increases to 8mm or more please contact us as this could be a fault in the timber.
Sometimes a sticky yellow residue will appear on the surface of the timber. This is a natural substance produced by the living tree and whilst every effort by careful selection is taken to reduce the possibilities of this occurring it will occasionally still appear. When sap does appear it should simply be wiped or scraped off.
Your timber structure has been pressure treated with ACQ and will not require any additional preservative application. However if you wish to enhance the colour of the timber then a basic water based wood stain can be used.
Where ACQ timbers are installed directly into a grassed area special care should be taken when cutting long grass around the base of the post as mechanical strimmers often damage the treatment envelope. Where the surface of the timber becomes damaged this will allow the post to rot and degrade. Damage to the treatment envelope invalidates the treatment guarantee.
From time to time bolts may become loose through heavy use or seasonal weather changes, where fixings become loose this will cause structural elements to become loose and wear easily. Loose components can cause dangerous pinch, crush or shear points. We therefore recommend that all nuts, bolts and screws are periodically checked. In some cases protection caps will have to be removed. FLP use either do-nut cap inserts to protect fixings.
- To check all bolts covered with do-nut caps initially try to rotate the external cap component. Generally if this component doesn’t turn then the fixing will be tight.
- To access bolts covered by do-nut caps the insert needs to be removed by gently tapping the screw driver through the centre of the cap, then prise the cap out.
- Tighten the bolts up until the outer cap does not rotate.
- Replace the do-nut insert with a new one after the maintenance work has been carried out. New caps can be obtained from FLP – 01354 638359 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- To access bolts covered by cap insert they will need to be removed by gently tapping the screw driver through the centre of the cap, then pry the cap out.
- Tighten fixing and apply new fixing cap by tapping the cap in with a rubber mallet. New caps can be obtained from FLP – 01354 638359 – email@example.com
Visually inspect the connections between the posts and deck bearers. If a floor frame is loose, tighten the 4 connecting bolts until the bearer is tight again. A good visual indication when a floor bearer is loose will be the signs of chafing between the two timber faces. Deck boards and platforms should also be regularly swept to remove debris, especially leaves during autumn.
Play Panel and Barriers
Inspect all panels and barriers for looseness by grasping either the panel or barrier and shaking it. If there is any movement within the panel, then the loose fixings should be tightened by following the process covered in the fixing procedure. If the panel or barrier is damaged it should be replaced immediately.
Graffiti can be removed from timber panels by lightly sanding.
Chain and Connectors
All chains on swings or net connections etc should be inspected for bent links or excessive wear. If at any point the chain is 4mm thick or less the chain is considered worn and should be replaced.
Net and Ropes
FLP manufacture all net and ropes from a steel core rope wrapped in nylon. The wire core within the rope increases the strength of the rope and makes the nets vandal resistant while the nylon cover makes the ropes ascetically pleasing and soft to touch.
All nets and ropes should be carefully inspected for metal wires showing through the soft nylon covering. If this occurs, the net or rope should be temporally repaired with self amalgamating tape and a new net should be ordered and fitted immediately.
PLEASE NOTE Exposed metal on worn nets can be very sharp and cause serious injuries. If a net is found in this condition it must be replaced. Net anchors must also be checked as nets with loose anchors may loop into a head or neck entrapment which could cause a fatal accident.
Check bearings or moving parts on all play equipment that moves or rotates. We recommend that these parts should be regularly lubricated.
Swing Shackles and brass bushes should be inspected for excessive wear. Suspensions should move freely without any excessive slide movement or play. If suspensions are found to have excessive wear or to be less than 4mm thick they should be replaced immediately.
If the distance between the swing seat and safety surface is less than 400mm the chain will require shortening so the correct clearance is provided.
Equipment/Area Maintenance Schedule
- Check all structures for loose. Missing or broken components. Extra attention should always be paid to moving parts.
- Remove all items which might have been added to the structure, e.g. ropes, clothing and branches.
- Check for any loose or missing guard rails, hand rails, protection caps, net connectors, steps etc.
- Check all foundations are covered by respective surfacing.
- Inspect the condition of safety surfacing material to ensure loose fill material has not become compacted. Check all surfacing to ensure it still carries its shock absorbing properties whilst paying particular attention to high traffic areas such as under swings and at slide exit points. Where loose material has been used this may need raking to ensure correct depth is maintained.
- Check the depth of loose fill against the level recommended in En1176 and rake thoroughly to level and uncover any sharp objects or any other litter which might have become hidden within the surfacing.
- Check surrounding areas for damage including fences, benches and welcome signs.
- Perform the inspection on our recommended Daily/Weekly Maintenance List.
- Check all timber components for splitting, splintering and cracking. Attention should also be paid to timber posts ensuring there is no sign of rot or decay.
- Check all metal parts for signs of rust and sharp edges. Welds should also be inspected for fractures and weld separation.
- All gaps in equipment should be checked for areas where clothing could get caught. Special attention should be paid to areas around slides and poles.
- Perform the following maintenance from Maintenance of Specific Products Section
- Fixing Maintenance
- Chain and Connectors
- Floor Decks and Panels
Perform the inspection on our recommended Daily/Weekly Maintenance List.
- Perform the inspection on our recommended Monthly/Seasonal Maintenance List.
- Check the stability of all installed structures. If the structure is loose in the ground check the condition of the post and foundation. Sometimes where posts are loose additional concrete maybe required if the stability of the soil structure has changed i.e. soil has become very wet or had dried out.
- Perform the following from the Maintenance Specific Products section:
- Nets and Rope
- Moving Equipment and Parts
- Results of this inspection should be contained in a written report showing the results and any actions/work which is required following the report. The report should be filed with all other documentation relating to the structure.
We recommend that all maintenance inspections are carried out by competent trained personnel only. Training courses are regularly run by RoSPA. Further information can be obtained at www.rospa.com.
ENSURE all those responsible for maintaining an FLP structure receive copies of our Maintenance Schedule for all Safalog Products. A copy should always be retained in a safe place. Additional copies can be obtained from FLP via our website or indeed from our head office.
Our customer services team are trained to provide current comprehensive information regarding care, maintenance and inspection of wide range of equipment. If you have any questions relating to product care please do not hesitate to contact us on 01354 638 359 or via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
GUIDANCE FOR MATERIAL DISPOSAL
The enclosed information is only a guide and at all times you should check with local regulations.
Material that should be collected for recycling:
- Stainless Steel
- Polyethylene (P.E)
Materials which should be disposed of in accordance with local regulations:
- Pressure Treated Timber
- Galvanised Steel
- Powder Coated Steel
- Nets and Ropes